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goonboyBurnabySince May 21, 200640 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3.5 (3.4)
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Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House403 North Road, #302, Coquitlam
Somebody open a window or turn on a fan please.
Submitted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

There is nothing really memorable about this establishment, smallish and pricier portions. The broth isn't bad. The only thing I remember is the horrible ventilation system, it is always humid in there and sometimes the floor is wet. I also find the service to be indifferent. Bring a towel because you will get sweaty and sticky. The humidity in there must be close to 100%. Maybe they are trying to recreate what it feels like in Southeast Asia, Vietnam.

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Pho Van3370 Fraser Street, Vancouver
VERMICELLI LOVER ALERT - Best vermicelli, bbq pork, spring roll bowl ever.
Submitted Monday, November 14, 2011 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

I usually don't order beef noodle soup and I tried the vermicelli here and man...it is out of this world, Everything was so fresh. The springs rolls and bbq pork were unbelievable and the kicker is, it only came out to $17.10 incl tax for two bowls! I was shocked and pleased with the experience, so I just paid $20. I have tried the beef bowl before and it wasn't bad either. I believe the owners took this place over a few years ago and closed down the original Pho Van in Chinatown which was my favourite pho place up to now. These guys know how to make Vietnamese food. They have been around at least 25 years.

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Koi Japanese Restaurant2573 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam
Wow. What a hidden AYCE gem!
Submitted Monday, May 16, 2011 - 4:59pm [Dine in]

Somebody recommended this place and wow. Very good quality for an AYCE restaurant. Everything tasted like a la carte restaurant quality, although some of the food was on the salty side (intentionally) including the most saltiest soya sauce I have experienced in my life. The other minus was the dim lighting due to a few burnt out light bulbs. A have yet to experience a comparable AYCE sushi place. At $17.99, it is definitely worth visiting.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Prices up, portions down, not the great deal is used to be.
Submitted Monday, April 25, 2011 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

The first thing I noticed dining at Anton's after a break of several months is the reduction in portion size, roughly 25%. If you look up at wall in front of the kitchen there is a large plate with Italian colours saying "Anton's" if I am not mistaken. That is the size of the dish they used to serve it on, basically family size, for those of you who did not experience Anton's at the height of it's glory. Now it comes on a dish that only reaches the diameter the of inner red ring of the plate on the wall. A little disappointing.

The value quotient has considerably eroded over the years. $16.95 is not cheap and we are not talking about 'all world pasta' here. What puzzles me is how they continue to keep on winning awards... Anton's lost it's 'Stepho's of pasta' title with me years ago.

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Mr. Mikes Steakhouse & Bar2991 Lougheed Highway, #32, Coquitlam
Awesome burgers
Submitted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 12:06am [Dine in]

I ordered a bacon burger for takeout today and man, was I ever impressed. I have never tasted such high quality beef in a burger before. The bun was more of the large rectangular french bread type and was buttered and toasted and very tasty. The lettuce and onion was very fresh and crisp, but the only thing was, I don't recall there being any bacon in it. Oh well... The fries were golden and hot and deliciously seasoned too and it all came in a snazzy fabric takeout bag you can use for things like grocery shopping. Bonus! Even though I was taking out, the server was also very friendly and upbeat. I also got my order in less than 10 minutes.

Mr. Mike's burgers rock on Red Robin or White Spot. I remember Mr. Mikes like 25 years ago at Kingsgate Mall growing up. I will surely be going back.

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Pho Tau Bay10782 148th Street, Surrey
Vermicelli and spring rolls unspectacular
Submitted Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 4:56pm [Dine in]

My friend calls this the best Pho place in town and I went here for the first time with him. Me being more of a vermicelli as opposed to a pho guy, I ordered the vermicelli with spring rolls and it was not very good. The portions were quite small and the spring rolls were meager and of poor quality. I cannot comment on the pho, but if you are looking for good vermicelli, this is not the place for it.

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Cumpari Gelato & Caffe535 North Road, Coquitlam
Downtown/west side prices in Coquitlam?
Submitted Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 12:22am [Dine in]

Cumpari's is one of the nicest cafes you will find anywhere east of downtown or Commercial Drive, but that being said, that doesn't mean they need to charge west side prices.

Formerly a Burger King, the establishment is fairly large with an upper floor (which is never open), I am quite sure the rent is quite high, but I still don't think the prices are justified. The North Road area is not exactly un upscale area, but business seems to be pretty decent as I am Korean and it is a popular place for Koreans who love nice cafes.

Korea actually has (or had shall I say) an abundance of beautiful, elegant cafes in Cumpari's but is now sadly on the decline due to the invasion of Starbucks in Korea. North Americans have no idea how to enjoy coffee and need to get a clue.

Cumpari's does well in this area because there are no alternatives to the usual fast food choices of Tim Horton's or McDonald's. The closest place I can think of with decent ambiance is Bread Garden on Lougheed.

Cumpari's is a breath of fresh air in my not-so-upscale neighbourhood of North Road, but any place that charges 75 cents for extra hot water gets an upturned nose from me.

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Sushi Town2773 Barnet Hwy, #28, Coquitlam
A cut above. The pinnacle in fine sushi dining at budget prices.
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 1:41am [Dine in]

If you thought California Sushi or Sushi Garden was all that... then you haven't been to the new Sushi Town.

I went with a group of eight family members for the first time and all I can say is WOW. This place blew us away.

The salmon maki here is easily twice the size of any other place. It is so huge that you can actually fold it over the rice and completely cover it.

The katsu is other-worldy. They don't give you just one cutlet, BUT TWO and the quality is absolutely GOURMET. Unlike the standard Japanese style katsu which is pretty dry and tough, they soften their cutlets and use the finest bread crumbs. The quality is so good it actually is better than the all-cutlet Korean specialty restaurant Daeji, which I used to die for.

The decor is very contemporary and rich looking and superior to that of all but the most expensive restaurants. I love use of dark wood throughout.

The service was absolutely top notch. The waiters and waitresses were friendly and spoke english well (even though that is not an issue with me as our party is all Korean speaking). A far cry from the nightmarishly bad service of Sushi Garden and Sushi California.

I could go on forever about this place, but if I do I will just make myself hungry at this late hour.

This place was on offshoot of the legendary Sushi Garden as many of the staff and possibly owner are formerly of that fame (as is California Sushi). Everything about this place exudes attention to detail, organization, experience, and quality. This place could get away with charging 25% more and not have a drop off in business. Other than the sultan of Brunei, you could bring anyoe to this place and they would be hard pressed to not be impressed.

These guys know what they are doing and you can tell they care more than just throwing big cheap, tasty sushi in front of you and getting your ass out the door. You can tell they care about your WHOLE dining experience.

I understand they have been open around four months now, but I wonder how long they can keep up the quality and service. Time will only tell, but for now they get both thumbs up from me.

The two aforementioned places were regular destinations for me, but not anymore. There is a new sheriff in town.

The evolution of the Vancouver value sushi establishment is complete and it is Sushi Town.

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Pho Tam Restaurant10302 135 Street, #10, Surrey
Best Pho value in town - HANDS DOWN
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 12:35pm [Dine in]

A couple of weeks ago I went to Hue cafe in Richmond based on it's positive reviews and boy what a disappointment. My friend's gf lives in the Whalley area and they gave this place a try and he really liked it, so me and wife all went yesterday and all I have to say is...WOW.

Pho Van/Pho Le in Chinatown was by far my favourite Vietnamese spot until sadly it closed down. This place is even better. Large tasty portions with lots of meat and cheap combo prices equals excellent value. They offer $8.25 for any pho with a spring roll or $9.25 for pho with a salad roll. My wife ordered the salad roll combo and the salad was big and filled with jumbo shrimp - EXCELLENT QUALITY and easily worth $4 on it's own. The spring roll was crispy and delicious as well.

I have been to at least 10 different Pho places in town such as Pho Hoa, Pho 99, etc.. and this place puts them all to shame. If you are ANYWHERE NEAR the Whalley area, I suggest you check this place out. It is near the skytrain station (King George I believe) behind the Safeway, tucked into a side street/alley. I live in the Lougheed Mall area which is not too far from Whalley and from now on, there is only one place I will be going to for Pho. Mo Pho, mo happiness.

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Lougheed Wonton Restaurant2408 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
What happened to this place?
Submitted Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

This place used to be the best Chinese restaurant in the North Road area, but that crown now goes to North Garden for two reasons. Number 1, this place is in Port Moody and number 2 because this place has gone downhill.

This place used to have excellent standard Chinese food (sweet and sour pork, bbq pork fried rice, chicken chow mein) and is famous for their crab. Well, after going to this place after their move to Port Moody. I am bent on never returning again.

Their chow mein is a monstrosity. Have you ever tried food court chow mein? That is Lougheed Wonton chow mein. It is the most dry, bland mass of low quality egg noodles with a few slivers of chicken and sprouts. There is no sauce other than trace amounts of soy sauce used when stir frying the noodles. I'm sorry... you might be able to pass crap like that off to white people, but not to an Asian. These people need a lesson in making chow mein from the masters, Hon's. You know you are getting real chow mein when they ask you 'crispy or soft noodle'.

I'm glad these guys moved away because North Garden is so much better.

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Penny Restaurant2060 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Not what it used to be
Submitted Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 1:58pm [Dine in]

Penny used to be a very good Chinese restaurant. Now it is just mediocre because of a change in the ownership. Approximately 2 or 3 years ago it was taken over by the owner of the cheapest Chinese eateries in town, Hing Loong in Metrotown. That being said, that is not a good thing. Hing Loong is the equivalent of Flaming Wok, the worst mall food court Chinese food I have ever had. (Manchu Wok on the other hand is excellent).

I used to go to Penny's for the spicy squid, but not anymore. The chow mein used to be very good, now it stinks. I asked for crispy instead of soft and yeah I got it crispy....crispy to the point that all I got was a plate full of deep fried noodles with basically no sauce. It was so dry and crispy that when I tried to put some on my plate I couldn't because when I stabbed it, the whole entire dried out mass just kept moving around as one piece. I basically looked a bird's nest. I had to basically eat it like a snack with my hands.

The other annoying thing about this place too is the well meaning, but overly outgoing and rackety lady owner. Other than her saying 'hello' I cannot understand a word she is saying when she rambles on. She does have a good memory though as she remembered my wife when we regrettably went to Hing Loong a few times.

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House of Tofu Soup4563 North Road, #1&2, Burnaby
Famous in LA, just as famous in Vancouver
Submitted Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

This place is the place in town for spicy Korean tofu soup also known as 'soon doo boo ji ge'. Famous in LA and now well established in Vancouver, this place only does tofu soup and does it to near perfection. The rice is brought to you freshly cooked in a metal bowl like in the olden days along with some of the best Korean side dishes in town to compliment your tofu soup. Most of the choices are under $10 and they really fill and warm your tummy up. A good deal in Korean food.

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Hannam Restaurant4501 North Road, Unit 106, Burnaby
Korean cafeteria, but much better.
Submitted Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

If Hannam restaurant were to duplicate their operation in a mall food court and franchise it, they would blow every other Asian fast food outlet away. Authentic assorted Korean fare for food court prices, but restaurant quality. There is also unlimited self-serve hot Korean barley tea. One of this Korean's favourite spots for a quick Korean bite.

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Dae-Ji4501 North Road, #205, Burnaby
Best breaded cutlets (katsu) in town
Submitted Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

Just to let everyone know, this is not a Korean restaurant. Well, I guess it is, but it is more of a Korean spin on breaded cutlets, which are the best in town bar none. In Korea, the best donkatsu places are the ones the taxi drivers go to. This place is just as good if not better than any place I've been to in Korea.

The bread crumbs they use are very fresh and the meat is always nicely tenderized so your cutlet is always light and soft in your mouth. The best deal is the just the regular pork cutlet meal which is $6.99 or $7.99 I believe.

These guys do donkatsu right. This location is apparently better than their downtown location which I have never been to.

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Paros Taverna9604 Cameron Street, Burnaby
Just another overpriced Greek joint
Submitted Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

I work nearby this place and this place is a poor value in Greek food. $16 for a kalamari dinner?

This place is just as bad as the even more overpriced Greek joint down the hill at North Rd and Lougheed. Tsolias I think...

The kalamari was ok, a little fishy smelling, the salad ok, the bread ok, the Greek rice?.... THE WORST EVER. I thought I was eating Spanish rice... It was so overly seasoned or drenched in tomato or whatever sauce, it was BRIGHT RED. I thought the rice was supposed to compliment the meal, NOT DOMINATE IT.

TOTALLY UNWORTH $16. Call me a bourgeois or unsophisticated, but until you can show me a restaurant that can offer a kalamari dinner as good as Stepho's for $10

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Fuji Sushi526B Clarke Rd, Coquitlam
I don't get it...
Submitted Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 12:30pm [Dine in]

I work nearby this restaurant and are amazed by how busy this place is.

My coworkers told me to avoid this place, but I had to try it just once and I have to say I should have listened to them.

For a Japanese restaurant run by actual Japanese people, I was appalled by the quality of the food, something you would expect from a Chinese/Japanese joint. Every establishment run by Japanese that I have eaten at has always been outstanding except for this place.

I ordered a bento box and the sushi was totally unfresh, the tempura soggy and the price too high.

I will never return to this place.

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Go Thai Restaurant502 East Columbia, New Westminster
Donut shop/cafeteria atmosphere
Submitted Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 3:21am [Dine in]

With the wind storm knocking out power to our building and after reading all of the acclaimed reviews of this place (formerly Nuffy's donuts), me and my wife decided to try this place out. As soon as I walked in I thought I was in a cafeteria and was disoriented. The friendly owner asked us to have a seat.

We ordered the run of the mill, shrimp fried rice, green curry with eggplant and pad thai. The fried rice and the curry were quite tasty, but the pad thai was below par. Way too salty and sweet (too much hoy sin sauce or whatever sauce). It had no tomato flavour to it whatsoever, which is a departure from all other pad thai I've had. The prices were reasonable and some of the cheapest around for Thai food, but the portions were a bit on the small side too.

All in all, it was ok and being a family run business, the staff are friendly, but nonetheless it did not live up to my expectations. I may return again, but I will definitely not be ordering the pad thai. I considered mentioning how salty/oversauced the pad thai was to the owner, but I decided against it being that the people seemed so pleasant.

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Samba Brazilian Steak House1122 Alberni Street, Vancouver
A unique, SALTY experience
Submitted Friday, November 10, 2006 - 11:42am [Dine in]

I agree with the last review. Their meats aren definitely way too salty, but tasty nonetheless and a good selection of them. I wish the buffet included fruit. The ambience is very nice with samba dancers. The owner of the restaurant owns the Thai house chain of restaurants. An interesting experience for sure.

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
Brutally understaffed, poorly organized.
Submitted Friday, October 13, 2006 - 11:23am [Dine in]

I used to be a big fan of this place, but no longer mainly because of the appalling wait times for service. As for the food, it is still good, but the sashimi portions have diminished from their usual 'filet mignon' size.

This place is GROSSLY lacking in staff. After finishing my meal, I literally waited 20 minutes at the counter to pay my bill as waitress after waitress passed me by. I kind of reprimanded the waitress when I really shouldn't have, as they were crazy busy as usual. I told her to tell the owner I would not be returning as a customer.

I don't know if the owner is intentionally understaffing his restaurant, but I have a mind to give him/her a piece of my mind. The waitresses are forced to do everything including waitress, bus tables and run the cash register. They need to have a dedicated bus boy and a cashier.

I feel sorry because the ones losing out here are really the waitresses. They get a double-whammy because first of all they get overworked and secondly because they can't provide timely service, they get screwed on their tips. More work, less tips.

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Taco Luis5300 No. 3 Road, #1040, Richmond
Cucumber in a taco?
Submitted Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 11:50am [Dine in]

My friend always rants and raves about this place, but I don't know what the big deal is. I ordered a taco salad and it was pretty weak. Who on earth puts cucumber in a taco salad? It was the most bland Mexican food I ever had. I'm guessing the burritos and tacos are tastier.

The Chinese guy who works here is indeed a colourful, talkative fellow. I found him quite amusing, but judging from the reaction of other customers, they were annoyed, which I also found amusing. The guy never stops talking.

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